Case Study: Twickenham Insurance Home Refurb

Admin | June 30, 2020

We regularly work with W Songhurst Ltd, and earlier this year they asked us to provide a quote for some insurance work they had been asked to undertake. We arranged for our fitter Simon to visit the property in Twickenham free of charge to see exactly what was required so that we could provide a quote.

The client had silver travertine panels fitted to the floors in the hallway and bathroom, as well as on the walls in the bathroom. There had been a leak behind the panels and they had been removed for repairs to be undertaken.

This is the client’s bathroom before we got to work

When our quote was accepted we sourced some images of suitable silver travertine for the client. Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. It occurs naturally in a variety of colours, and because it is natural each piece is different – so it’s important to allow the client to see different images of the travertine available.

One of our suppliers, the Marble and Granite Centre, sourced some images for us from a factory in Italy, and the stone was imported especially for this client.

We first visited to measure the property in March, but thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to put the job on hold. We returned to fit the stone in May.

A work in progress

The flooring took us around two and a half days to fit and incorporated a built-in shower tray. Once the floor was down we allowed it 48 hours to set before taking final measurements for the walls.

W Songhurst asked us to fit the wall in a specific way so that no water could be trapped between the walls and stone in future. This meant that fitting the walls took a little longer and was completed in five days. We also undertook all mastic work so as to ensure a neat finish. As part of the fitting we also drilled holes to allow the client’s existing purpose built sink and shelf unit to be reused.

Aside from the inconvenience of a global pandemic, this was a great job to work on. Our fitters have really excelled themselves with their attention to detail, providing a beautiful yet functional floor and bathroom for the client.